Dems Call Boehner’s Bluff On The Debt Limit
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Oct 7, 2013
Senate Democratic leaders plan to advance a bill this week to raise the debt limit with no strings attached, according to multiple well-placed Democratic aides.
The move, first reported by the Washington Post, means Democrats are calling Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) bluff after his office contended on Monday that a "clean" debt limit increase could not pass the Democratic-led Senate.
Senate leaders intend to begin the process with a vote to proceed to the bill late this week, said one senior aide. The aide said Democratic senators expect to be fully united and will likely need six Republican votes to reach 60 and break an inevitable filibuster.
"We'll be looking to the usual suspects," the aide said.
That's a reference to a contingent of Republicans, led by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who have worked with Democrats this year to pass immigration reform, break the logjam on presidential nominees and push for budget negotiations that GOP leaders have blocked.
President Barack Obama strongly supports a clean debt limit increase. Senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer said Republicans must decide whether to filibuster and force default.
Boehner has insisted that the House won't raise the debt limit without conservative policy reforms attached, and that Obama's refusal to negotiate is risking default.
"A 'clean' debt limit increase can't pass the Senate, let alone the House," said Boehner spokesman Michael Steel, calling on Democrats to "to step up, act like an adult, and start talking about how we ... deal with the drivers of our debt and deficits."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) spokesman Adam Jentleson asked a Boehner aide on Twitter if the Speaker would permit a vote on a Senate-passed debt limit bill.
Saint Paul, MN
#2 Oct 7, 2013
Harry Reid is a senile old man who wants children with cancer to die.
#3 Oct 7, 2013
The tea party people are the true Anti-Americans here.
#4 Oct 14, 2013
Looks like the Republicans are ready to cave in after causing irreparable damage to the US economy yet again.
#5 Oct 14, 2013
"irreparable damage" and totally the Republicans! hahahaha What a crock!
#8 Oct 15, 2013
The messages of hate and racism written by the right-wingers should be deleted and it is being deleted.
What exactly is an "anful message" though?
#15 Oct 15, 2013
Those darn "deamons", huh?
If you don't want tea party members generalized as illiterate, start by learning to use spell check.
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